A selection of blogs written from American Anabaptist perspectives.
Proclaiming Peace Through Christ
Healing and Hope
God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit,
to grow as communities of grace, joy, and peace,
so that God's healing and hope
flow through us to the world.
ALL ARE WELCOME
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, y no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail, or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli, or like our pastor who can't carry a note in a bucket. You're welcome here if you're "just browsing," just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don't care if you're overdressed, underdressed, cross-dressed, more Catholic than the Pope, or haven't been in church since little Joey's Baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or are still addicted. We welcome you if you're having problems, or you're down in the dumps, or you don't like "organized religion" (we've been there, too). If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you're welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don't work, can't spell, or came because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome the flexible, inflexible, tolerant, intolerant, those who laughed, and those who gasped at this welcome. We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts...and you!
With acknowledgement to All Saints Lutheran Church, Aurora, Colorado, by way of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Daytona Beach, Florida.
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Emmanuel Mennonite Church is a member of the Southeast Conference of the Mennonite Church USA. We are a Christian fellowship in the Anabaptist tradition of radical discipleship, established in Gainesville on Pentecost Sunday 1983. The heart of our congregational life is following Jesus Christ, caring for one another, and serving our community.
“Emmanuel” is a name for Jesus Christ, from the Hebrew word meaning “God with us.”
“Anabaptist” refers to our roots in the Anabaptist movement that began in Europe in the 16th century when a small group of believers challenged the emerging Protestant movement to follow the teachings of Jesus, practice believer’s baptism and refuse military service.